Famous indoor food market in the South of France
One of the many joys of visiting France is the opportunity to experience the spectacular food markets, and the highlight of any trip to Narbonne, located in the south, is a visit to Les Halles Narbonne.
The Baltard-style pavillion, which recently celebrated its centennial year, is home to more than 70 stalls: bakers, pastries, butchers, caterers, fishmongers, greengrocers, poultry merchants, delicatessens, bars and wine merchants. Buy fresh ingredients for the day’s meal, or eat your way through this outstanding market. There’s no right way to take in this charming yet expansive venue.
While the astounding colors of the well-presented fruits and vegetables grab your eye initially, you can’t help but be blown away by the immense selection of cheese, pastries, and chocolates. The rear quarter of the market is devoted to fish and seafood of all kinds. Whether you want a whole fish, something cleaned, or oysters shucked to order and eaten in place, the fish mongers here are the real deal. Meat stalls generally stick to the outside perimeter, offering sumptuous cuts as well as poultry, hams and sausages. Prepared foods such as paella, chow mein, pizza, and chickens and capons roasted on spits are also available.
There are plenty of options when you’re ready to take a break. Grab a seat at one of the café tables and enjoy a drink or coffee. If you’re more in the mood for a meal, you’ll find a nice selection of restaurant stalls as well.
While Les Halles is considered an indoor market, you’ll find vendors outside too. Thursday and Sunday mornings feature the most outdoor activity, more than 300 stalls on both sides of the Robine, the canal that runs through Narbonne.
Open every day from 7:00am-1:00pm